Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle race into the 2015 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway by winning segments in the Sprint Showdown.
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Driver has plummeted in standings since runner-up 2012 finish Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Moment From the time Clint Bowyer announced, "It's got a dingy!", we knew this wasn't going to be the garden variety fatherhood. So when Bowyer was asked recently whether fatherhood had knocked him out of his normal offseason routine, we should have expected a quintessentially Clint answer. "It's not been normal," Bowyer said with a laugh. "He (expletive) his pants the other night and it was the most not normal thing I've ever seen in my life. I was gagging. (Lorra's) laughing at me. I'm like, 'You got to get in here, it's horrible!' And he's just sitting there laughing." It was a light moment between Clint and his wife, Lorra, and their now 4-month-old son Cash. And it was just the type of funny story that team co-owner Michael Waltrip hopes we'll hear more of this season from the guy who is just as fast with a quip as he is driving a race car. That's because last season was rough for Bowyer , and some of the fun disappeared. His 19th-place finish in the final standings driving the No. 15 Toyota for MWR was his worst showing in nine full-time Cup seasons. It was a far cry from when he finished second to Brad Keselowski in 2012. "We knew we were in trouble," Bowyer said of last season. "I was just barely getting by to get into the Chase -- and was going to make it -- but a part failure at Atlanta threw us out. That's not any way or shape that we wanted to be in going into a Chase. I wanted to be able to contend for a championship, and I knew if we made it in, we wouldn't go very far." Failing to make the Chase was a wake-up call for a driver who had finished in the top 10 in the final standings on five different occasions. It also gave Bowyer the opportunity to be, as he said, put out of his misery so he could focus on getting ready for 2015. A big part of what has helped him focus on the 2015 season has been becoming a father. "(Fatherhood) slows you down, there's no question it slows you down," Bowyer said. "Your focus is all on simple things. Your life isn't as complex as it once was. You don't have time to pick your head up and take in all the rest of it. You stay focused on your family and your child and racing. It really does simplify your life quite a bit because you're not drawn to so many distractions." Perhaps that type of focus is what helped Kevin Harvick during his championship season. There was a memorable photo of Harvick sitting next to son Keelan on the track after winning at Homestead with their backs against the wall and each giving a thumbs-up sign. Going back to 2013, it was Matt Crafton who won the first of back-to-back NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships in the year his first child was born. So maybe there is a slight correlation between becoming a parent and being able to perform better at a job, instead of the opposite, which is what some might expect. Count Waltrip as a firm believer in it. "It certainly did that for me when I had my daughter," Waltrip said about gaining a renewed sense of focus. "My opinion is you become more of a complete person so you're more comfortable with who you are. You see your kid and you see that race car, and you're like, 'I'm going to race the heck out of that car and then I'm going to come back and hang out with my little son.' " Like Waltrip said, MWR will need Bowyer to be focused for the 2015 season. Waltrip said there was still some ad inventory to be sold on Bowyer's car, and there's the usual pressure of needing to perform well in order to satisfy current or potential clients. Bowyer knows it's important to make last season seem like a blip on the radar instead of the norm. "It's crucial for me, for 5-hour Energy, for all our partners, for everyone involved at MWR, that this is a rebound year and we get back to our winning ways and where we once were," Bowyer said. "It is very, very crucial that that happens." With all that pressure, though, the hope is that little Cash will bring Clint back to center. So far, so good. "He seems more fun and I know that's crazy because he's always been that guy," Waltrip said of Bowyer . "But you can just see it in his eyes. He's a happy man. That's why I'm so thankful that his energy for the team and where we're at as an organization is where he is mentally. Because we need that fun Clint guy, and we got him, and I think his son is a big part of that." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Complete news and notes about all 43 drivers and their Coca-Cola 600 results RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid after Charlotte 1. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Sticky feet didn't slow down Edwards, who stretched his fuel window to claim his first Charlotte 600 victory while pretty much locking up a spot in the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . " NASCAR.com goes 1-on-1 with Edwards in Victory Lane 2. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle turned in his best showing of the year, starting fourth and earning runner-up honors in the season's longest race. " Biffle reflects on runner-up finish 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native overcame an early-race pit miscue to resume running in the top 10 by Lap 100 and earn his seventh top-five of the year. He now ranks fourth in the points. " Dale Jr. looks at top-five finish at Charlotte 4. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The pole winner closed 12 spots in the final 40 laps after making an unscheduled pit stop with less than 100 laps to go for a loose wheel. " Kenseth talks about late gamble 5. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Before a late-race fuel gamble didn't work out, Truex led a race-high 131 laps and radioed to his team, "I'm feeling like Superman for a few laps anyway." " Truex: 'It hurts to come home fifth' 6. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman earned the beneficiary of the free pass during the final caution period and closed 11 places in the final 40 laps. 7. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . New father Keselowski told his team early that his "ride quality is on par with Kentucky." He won at Kentucky last year, but had to settle for a top 10 (his eighth of the season) due to the fuel mileage game. " To hear more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView Premium today 8. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin, winner of the recent Sprint All-Star race, was pacing the 600 field with a migraine when a loose wheel prompted an unscheduled pit stop with 38 laps to go. " Hamlin visits media center after trip to infield care center 9. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick recorded his 11th top-10 result in 12 appearances this season to extend his grip on the points lead 10. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch lined up 14th and posted the fastest lap of the race on Lap 143 (188.153 mph), which was one of the 118 laps he led on Sunday. 11. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . In his first points race since the Daytona crash, Busch reassured his team he could run the full 600 miles. "Tell Erik (Jones, replacement driver) I feel good," Busch radioed his team. "10-4," crew chief Adam Stevens responded. "His bedtime's in about 20 minutes anyhow." " Busch passes big test at Charlotte 12. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne was tagged near the halfway point for speeding on pit road, but rallied to earn the beneficiary of the free pass and run inside the top 10 with 50 laps to go. 13. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . The birthday boy shook off debris in the first 24 laps to lead twice for 17 circuits on Sunday. 14. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard quietly toured Charlotte’s 1.5-mile oval en route to his eighth top-15 result of the season. 15. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . After pacing the field to green in the Indy 500, Gordon lined up 18th in his Coca-Cola 600 finale and had a decent run until a loose wheel impacted his day. " Gordon leads Indy field to green 16. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon drove a new chassis to his best 1.5-mile result of the season. 17. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola earned the beneficiary of the free pass on the Lap 230 caution and found himself in position again for the free pass in the closing laps. 18. Chase Elliott , No. 25 Chevrolet. Hendrick Motorsports . Elliott, in his third Cup outing and first at a 1.5-miler, qualified 28th and mostly ran inside the top 25, despite dealing with a radio communication issue during the race. 19. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The two-time Charlotte winner had a ho hum day, running middle of the pack in his 26th appearance at the 1.5-mile track. 20. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer's frustration sparked a late-race decision to gamble on fuel mileage. "Might as well (gamble)," Bowyer radioed crew chief Brian Pattie. "Nothing to lose." " To hear more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView Premium today 21. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart was running a lap down when he got into the back of Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., who slid up the track ahead of him on Lap 302. 22. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick had to make two pit stops during the third caution flag after receiving damage from a dust-up with Clint Bowyer and Chase Elliott on pit road. 23. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears battled a lack of air conditioning and tried to stay cool during the season's longest race by taking ice bags during pit stops. 24. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish couldn't climb back from an early handling issue although he later ran lap times comparable to those inside the top 15. 25. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson qualified ninth, marking his first top-10 start at Charlotte, and ran as high as eighth before quietly fading. 26. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Encouraged early by crew chief Tommy Baldwin Jr. not to overdrive it, Bowman went on to post his best intermediate track finish of the year. 27. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne's tough night was further impacted when he hit the wall on Lap 230 to bring out the fourth caution flag and halt 89 laps of green-flag racing. 28. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt liked his car during practice and ultimately turned in his best 2015 result on a 1.5-mile track. 29. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger required an unscheduled pit stop around Lap 160 when a hot dog wrapper stuck to his grille and raised temps. 30. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing . McDowell spent the night looking for speed as he worked with his team on the handling of the No. 95 Ford. 31. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Spotter Tony Raines told Moffitt his car was faster than those ahead of him, but grip was a persistent problem. 32. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett, who dealt with a tight-handling condition early on Sunday, spun on the backstretch on Lap 328 to bring out the caution flag. 33. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland, who honored The Unknown Soldier with his car, led Lap 28 after choosing not to pit during the competition caution. 34. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto, making his third 1.5-mile start and his first at Charlotte, complained early of a loose-handling condition. 35. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Wise lined up 38th and got behind early, but still held on to post his best Charlotte result in his last four outings at the 1.5-mile track. 36. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport. Making his Charlotte debut, Kennedy improved upon his earlier intermediate result this season at Texas Motor Speedway . 37. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse cracked the top 10 with 70 laps to go, but watched his second top-10 of the season slip through his fingers after he hit the wall eight laps later 38. J.J. Yeley, No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was mired in traffic after being penalized during the competition caution when a crew member went over the wall too early. 3 9. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill followed the race on Sunday by physically running 14 miles to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in support of the Folds of Honor Foundation. " Cassill completes unique Memorial Day weekend double 40. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson spun on Lap 90 and saved his car in a move reminiscent of Kansas Speedway , where he was victorious. But he wasn't able to save it a second time after he spun on Lap 274 and collided with the inside pit wall. " Second spin crunches Johnson's No. 48 41. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . In the final third of the race, Ragan cited his water temperatures were fluctuating and ultimately was sidelined by an engine issue. 42. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . Blaney cracked the top 11 on Sunday, but his strong run was halted on Lap 282 when his engine blew up. 43. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier, in his third Charlotte start, retreated to the garage after getting into the wall between Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 136. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Bowyer's finish at Dover is only his second top-five finish of 2014
Bowyer to medical personnel: 'Get the hell out of my way' RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- When Clint Bowyer 's phone rings these days, he's on alert. That's why it's now more frequently found with the volume up than on vibrate -- just in case there's a call coming in from what he calls "headquarters." Bowyer checked his phone Friday during his news conference at Kansas Speedway , dismissing the incoming call when it turned out not to be from his wife, Lorra, halfway across the country with the couple's 2-day-old son, Cash Aaron Bowyer . Friends and family had warned Bowyer that his life was about to undergo a dramatic change with the Wednesday birth of his first child -- and with more than just his phone settings -- but the 35-year-old driver wasn't so sure. "You're like, 'There's no way,' then all of the sudden that little gremlin comes out of there and you're like, 'Oh my God, this is real,' " Bowyer said before making reference to his frenetic bedside manner during the process. "I was probably not the norm as far as a spectator in an event like that. In the room there I was high-fiving people and I was kind of pushing the doctor out of the way at one point because I was trying to get a better view of him coming into the world. Of course, the nurses are trying to hold me back and they're like, 'You can't get that close.' I'm like, 'Get the hell out of my way, here he comes.' It was a lot of fun. We were all laughing." With one life-altering experience under his belt this week, Bowyer sets his course toward a what could be a career-defining victory at his home track in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN). A Bowyer win would almost certainly align the planets toward turning the center of the sports universe to Kansas City, where the fountains are flowing bright blue in honor of their Royals' return to the baseball playoffs and where Chiefs fans continue to bask in the home team's Monday Night Football thrashing of the New England Patriots. Bowyer had turned the TV off Tuesday night before the Royals' victory advanced them to the American League Divisional Series against the Angels. Then came the mid-morning commotion of the impending childbirth. "I'm like, 'Honey, you ain't going to believe this, but the Royals won,' " recalled Bowyer , demonstrating an uncanny sense of domestic timing. "Now we're arguing about the Royals winning and they're carting her out the door and I'm like, this is crazy." The choice of Baby Bowyer's name offers a nod to American music legends Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, whose middle name was Aaron. Though Bowyer wouldn't confirm whether any musical influence was involved in the decision, he did say that some alternates didn't make the final cut. "Well, she wouldn't go for Cle-Bo -- Cletus Bocephus," Bowyer said. "That's the one that me and my friends came up with one night at the campfire, and she was definitely down on that. So we went with Cash." While his life at home has changed forever, so have his old stomping grounds. Bowyer -- who claims Emporia, Kansas, some 100 miles from Kansas Speedway , as his hometown -- was still three years away from competing in NASCAR's national series when the 1.5-mile track began hosting the Sprint Cup tour in 2001. Since those beginnings, the area around the speedway has built up into a thriving community. "This place was the bad part of town," Bowyer said. "To see what has become of this area and to watch the first race here, I remember being down in the infield on top of a motor home, I don't remember who it was, but I was down watching the very first race here. Watched the shopping center being built, watching the baseball diamonds and now the soccer fields, the casino -- all of this area has really become one of the best places to be in Kansas City and it all hubs around this race track. That's the impact this speedway did for this community." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Both drivers miss out on making the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup RELATED: Play Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize RICHMOND, Va. -- Their chances at racing their way into NASCAR's 10-event playoff were slim, but both Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson had a chance, and any chance is better than no chance at all. Bowyer nearly pulled it off, but neither race winner Brad Keselowski nor Greg Biffle , who finished 19th, gave the Michael Waltrip Racing driver much to work with. "That's all I had; that's all we had as a race team," Bowyer said of his third-place finish. "We put it all out there and still we were just third-best. We've got some work to do, but a lot of racing left." A win would have earned either driver, Bowyer or Larson, a ticket into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which begins next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway . The more difficult process involved finishing the appropriate number of positions ahead of Ryan Newman and/or Biffle. Newman was steady if unspectacular, rolling his way to a rock-solid ninth-place finish. Biffle seemed more likely to fold, going two laps down at one point in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway . But in the end, he managed to do what he needed to do to make the Chase, eventually ending the night with a seven-point margin on Bowyer , and the final of the 16 berths to be awarded. "If you make the Chase you want to compete for a championship," Bowyer said. "Truth be told, we're not there right now. A lot of work to do. We've got to continue to build on momentum like we had here tonight. "You know, it's definitely frustrating not making that Chase, but like I said, when you do make the Chase, you want it to be for a championship, not just ride around in it. We still haven't won a race … everybody on this 15 team deserves a win by the end of the year, and I'll see to it they get it." Bowyer had been a Chase participant on five previous occasions, including the two previous seasons. After qualifying sixth for the final regular-season NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Bowyer had moved to fourth when NASCAR brought out the caution just past the 50-lap mark. Quick work by his No. 15 Toyota team put him second in the running order for the restart, but the outside line failed to advance, and Bowyer soon found himself running fourth and having to fight for lost positions. Throughout the race, he remained in the top five. But Keselowski's dominance and Biffle's unwillingness to go quietly into the night left Bowyer Chase-less. "Tip my hat to my guys, I'm really proud of them," co-owner Michael Waltrip said afterward. "They were really close to winning that race." But Keselowski, he said, "was just amazing" while runner-up Jeff Gordon "was just a little bit better" than Bowyer . No Chase, perhaps, but 10 races remain just the same. "I think that's their attitude, too," Waltrip said of the No. 15 team. "They don't quit, they don't give up. We know that this chapter is closed for us but we can come back and win races; we need to be on TV for … all our sponsors. "Clint's got a great attitude, he's energetic and fun to be around; I think maybe he can let loose now and maybe go win some races and we can finish the season strong." While Bowyer ran in the top five the majority of the night, Larson, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, spent most of his evening inside the top 10, eventually finishing 11th. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver finished 16 points behind Biffle. "I'm still proud of my team," Larson said as he leaned back against his No. 42 Chevrolet. "We've been working hard and we're getting closer." Larson said he knew his odds weren't good, but "it was more that I was just hoping for the 16 (of Biffle) to have some trouble; he had about the night I figured he would, which was a smart night, to stay up there and make his way into the Chase. "Clint was doing a very good job too, all race long. I thought he might have a shot to win. I guess he fell just a little short." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation